Among the many mobile announcements this past week, Nokia’s may have been the most surprising. Since its phone business was bought by Microsoft, it can’t make Nokia-branded handsets until 2016. It can, however, make tablets, and the company introduced one in the Nokia N1.
Based on the size, shape and dimensions, the N1 slate looks much like an iPad mini that runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. Nokia’s Z Launcher, which dynamically surfaces shortcuts to the apps you use most, is also part of the software package. Unlike most readily available Android tablets, the N1 is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor. Expect to see the N1 first available in China — where it is built by Foxconn — for $249 in February, with other regions to follow.